Gaming Technology

Head Space Invader

Space Invaders and the History of Games in 100 Objects at Nation

My kids are magicians and wizards when it comes to online games like Minecraft and Warcraft. At times I wonder if the eldest was born clutching a mouse and I didn’t notice that because I was busy trying to work out how to text my mother. Their crowns slipped a little recently when, in the museum area of the National Videogame Arcade in Nottingham, I blasted them into another galaxy. But I was also blasted right back into the past..

Two player game

Five times eleven, creep and descend.
Octopus alien world without end
on an orange and lime green cellophane screen.
My laser beam seeks out sudden flier;
I seize my chance, take aim and fire.

You are the age that I was then,
and I am thirteen once again.
In seventies Cornwall; drizzled with rain.
I top a boy on the high score list,
my initials almost touching his.

A pixel caress. A potential kiss?
Muscles tensed with chances missed,
his fingers, sticky from warm flat coke,
send random canons towards the glow;
an eight bit hit! But a romance? No.

You try to train your fingertips
on a crude space bar but again they miss,
your Minecraft training no good for this;
you can’t get a hold on this 2D world
where the young space raider lost the girl.

I once again claim supremacy,
of this upright cabinet galaxy.
Retro blaster from the past
holds tight and fast, until Pacman calls
and we both move on to snaffling balls.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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Kirstie Pelling

Kirstie is the creative force and chief poet in residence of poetinmotion.org She is available for residencies, as a conference poet and wedding poet. She is also co-founder of The Family Adventure Project and a regular contributor to many online travel communities.

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